Versatile actress Priyanka Chopra attends the UN Global Goals Awards as the global Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF and delivered a speech about the importance of empowering girls.
Apart from making a mark in Hollywood with her phenomenal performances, Priyanka Chopra is also noted for her philanthropic work. she worked with UNICEF for the past ten years and promotes various issues such as health and education, environment, and women’s rights.
Priyanka took to Instagram to share the stories of Ria Sharma and Muzoon Almellehan. Priyanka posted a few pictures from the event with a caption “Honoured to have participated in the Global Goals Awards tonight at the UN General Assembly in NYC. These awards highlight the role girls play in changing their lives and in making progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Equally proud to have presented the Leadership Award to the amazing @ria13sharma from India for her stellar work for acid attack survivors. Ria founded Make Love Not Scars (MLNS) which is an organization that actively supports survivors of acid attacks physically and mentally, and campaigns to raise awareness of the issue. Ria’s efforts are contributing to change the lives of many women who have survived acid attacks. MLNS have ensured that survivors receive free treatment under the Supreme Court order for the welfare of acid victims passed in April 2015. #globalgoals #unga #foreverychild @unicef”.
She further added saying, “In the words of Mahatma Gandhi… “If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children.” It was an honour to speak at the UN Global Goals Awards on the importance of empowering girls; addressing global leaders and influencers from the United Nations, philanthropy, media, non-profits and business. We all need to come together and work to empower, educate, create opportunities and impart skill sets so that we can be their catalysts for change and to help them build their brave new world. If possible, a safe one where they can live their dreams and laugh together as one. I had the opportunity to meet @muzoonalmellehan, @unicef’s youngest goodwill ambassador, who is doing such amazing work advocating education for Syrian girls. All in all, this was a very inspiring and uplifting night. #GlobalGoals #UNGA #ForEveryChild”.
Pic courtesy: Priyanka Chopra Instagram